August 7, 2017

July Letter to the Editor from Dr. Borowicz: Summertime is planning time at Kish

Often people view summer as a “quiet” time in education.  While it is true that our halls are a bit quieter than during the fall and spring semesters, Kish has1330 students enrolled this summer, taking classes to prepare for the fall semester.  College employees are working on a number of activities in preparation for our students attending the College this fall. A few highlights include:

Services for “Undecided” students. When I am out in the community, I often hear that one of the biggest reasons students choose to come to Kish is because they are undecided on their program or major.  We are in the process of re-vamping our “Career Planning 101” class, designing the course specifically for those students that are unsure of what they want to do for a future career.  Students will take the course in their first semester at Kish, ensuring that their remaining semesters at the College are filled with courses they need to get them on their desired future pathway.

Earn and Learn Program. We believe it is important for our students to have real world experiences while being a college student.  Student employees are an important part of our campus community, and we are working to streamline and communicate employment opportunities.  We are also working closely with area employers to enhance our internship program, and help our students have workplace learning experiences related to their programs or majors.  

Local athletes participating in NJCAA athletics.  Coaches have been hired for both women’s basketball and volleyball, after a one-year break for both.  For fall, we are pleased to see over 50% of the Kish Kougars on our athletic teams being graduates of local high schools.  We are currently exploring bringing back men's and women’s soccer for Fall 2018, as well as additional sports such as cross country.  Community Colleges offer a great opportunity for local athletes to continue their athletic passions in college.

kish.edu. The College has embarked on a technology plan, providing updates and enhancements to be more efficient and support the needs of our students. One of the biggest changes is going from kishwaukeecollege.edu to kish.edu for our website and email.

Campus facility planning.  We are pleased to have a state budget, and are grateful for the financial support we will receive to meet the educational and workforce development needs of our area.  A number of capital updates at the College were delayed the last two years due to the budget impasse that are now being evaluated and implemented.  It is important that we maintain a quality learning environment for our students.

Classes start on Aug 21, and we look forward to welcoming students to our campus once again.  We are honored to help over 6,000 students each year achieve their educational goals.  I have learned in my time at the College how important Kish is to the residents of the local communities, and I am grateful for the opportunity to serve as President of Kishwaukee College. To learn more about the great things happening at Kish, follow me on my blog at drlaurie.kishwaukeecollege.edu.

Dr. Laurie Borowicz
President, Kishwaukee College

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